Tom Clapp

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Tom Clapp
Birth nameThomas John Sercombe Clapp [1]
Date of birth(1858-10-25)25 October 1858
Place of birth Marylebone, London, England
Date of death15 November 1933(1933-11-15) (aged 75)
School Monmouth School
Occupation(s)Articled clerk
Fruit farmer
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
?
?-1883
1883-1888
Blaina RFC
Nantyglo RFC
Newport RFC
()
International career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1882-1888 [2] Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales 14 (2)

Tom Clapp (25 October 1858 – 15 October 1933) was an English-born international rugby union forward who played club rugby for Newport and Nantyglo RFC. He won 14 caps for Wales and captained the team on three occasions. Clapp was the first Newport player to captain Wales.

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Rugby career

Born in Portman Square, Marylebone, London in 1858, but raised in Somerset, [3] Clapp's family moved to Nantyglo when he was still in his youth. Clapp would play his early rugby for Blaina before moving to Nantyglo RFC. In 1883 he moved to first class team Newport and Clapp made an impression on the club as in the 1884/85 and the 1885/86 seasons he was made team captain. In May 1888 Clapp left Welsh rugby behind and emigrated to the United States of America following his brother David who left a year earlier. In 1920 both brothers were citrus fruit farmers in California.

International career

Clapp gained his first cap in 1882 against Ireland, a game in which he scored a try. The next two games, against England and Scotland, were his last for Nantyglo. Clapp would represent Wales in 14 matches and on 12 March 1887 he captained Wales at Birkenhead Park against Ireland. Wales won the game due to a try being worth a single point, as they were out scored 3 tries to one, but a drop goal from Arthur Gould gave the visitors the win. Clapp retained the captaincy for the next match against Scotland, and led his country in their first win against the Scottish team. His next game against Ireland, on 3 March 1888, would not only be his last as captain, but his last in the Welsh shirt.

International matches played

Wales [4]

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References

  1. Newport RFC player profile Archived 17 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. WRU player profiles
  3. Parry-Jones (1999), pg 36.
  4. Smith (1980), pg 464.
Rugby Union Captain
Preceded by Newport RFC Captain
1884-1886
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